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Give “The Hammer” the Hammer

November 25, 2010

Tom DeLay, known on Capitol Hill as “The Hammer”, was one of the most powerful and divisive republican lawmakers ever to come out of Texas. He was convicted Wednesday of money-laundering charges five years after his indictment forced him to resign as majority leader in the House of Representatives. As the verdict was read, Mr. DeLay, 63, sat stone-faced at the defense table. He faces between 5 and 99 years in prison, though the judge may choose probation.

Defiant to the end, Delay said he would appeal the decision. He called the prosecution a political vendetta by Democrats in the local district attorney’s office, and revenge for his role in orchestrating the 2003 redrawing of Congressional districts to elect more Republicans. “This is an abuse of power,” he said. “It’s a miscarriage of justice. I still maintain my innocence. The criminalization of politics undermines our very system.”

The only abuse of power here was the story of Delay’s entire political career. The only miscarriage of justice would be if he wins an appeal or evades serious prison time. When he was in office I always said that someone should squash him like a bug. Corrupt politicians like Tom Delay are not above the law and should  be held accountable. Hopefully the “justice” system will finally give him the squashing he deserves.

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  1. November 30, 2010 7:30 PM

    The criminalization of politics undermines our very system.”

    If most of them think like this and I think they do then we are all in big trouble. Oh wait, we are! Heaven help us.

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